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Brunei – Asia’s fourth smallest nation, is situated on the island of Borneo in South East Asia. Surrounded by Malaysia and in addition Indonesia to the south of the Malaysian border, Brunei is claimed to be the second richest nation in Asia (after Singapore) and sixth on the planet when measured by GDP per capita based mostly on buying energy parity (PPP). As a consequence of its measurement, Brunei is usually forgotten about as a journey vacation spot, not to mention a scuba diving vacation spot. Nevertheless, as a result of its location on the northwest fringe of Borneo (or Kalimantan because the Indonesian half is understood) its proximity to the famed ‘Coral Triangle’ is slowly making it a well-liked dive location.
Reaching Brunei is straightforward – its worldwide airport Brunei Worldwide Airport (BWN) is situated within the nation’s capital, Bandar Seri Begawan and it may also be reached overland from Malaysian Borneo. An oil-rich nation, the roads and infrastructure in Brunei are wonderful, inhabitants sits at approx. 45 zero,000 and the primary language spoken is Malay – which differs barely from the Bahasa Malay spoken in Malaysia and Bahasa in Indonesia. You’ll additionally discover that English and Mandarin are additionally spoken within the nation.
Recognized for its seashores (lots of that are protected in reserves) and numerous rainforest, venturing underwater may be considerably shocking. With heat tropical waters at a mean of 27°C (80.6°F) yearly, the climate could be unpredictable so diving might be carried out yr spherical nevertheless one of the best months are from March till November. In search of one of the best visibility? Then the months of March till November are greatest,
Brunei is house to vibrant reefs, many which might be unexplored and have tons of of species of onerous and mushy corals with an enormous number of reef fish and invertebrates that reside inside. With approx. 60 dive websites and over 30 shipwrecks at quite a lot of depths starting from 5 metres (16 ft) right down to 70 metres (229 ft) from WWII wrecks to previous oil rigs, these waters are additionally fashionable with the macro fanatic. The primary 4 wrecks listed under are recognized in Brunei and the diving group because the ‘huge 4’, and to not be missed by any diver or underwater photographer.
With a deceptive identify, the “Australian Wreck” is definitely a Dutch steamer inbuilt 1909 named the SS De Klerk and scuttled by the Dutch off the Malaysian peninsular in 1942, she was refloated and utilized by the Japanese solely to sink after hitting a Japanese mine in 1944. The simplest wreck to penetrate off Brunei, its hull is 85 metres (278 ft) lengthy and is especially intact on a sandy backside, though with a tilt to its port aspect. Don’t have your PADI Wreck Diver specialty? You possibly can discover its open higher decks and cargo holds while people who do can discover two or three of the decrease decks.
A WWII wreck inbuilt 1943 as a 75m Navy minesweeper named “USS Salute”, it was sunk by a Japanese mine in 1945 and now lies in half at 34 metres (111 ft) on a sandy backside. Probably the most damaged up all the wrecks within the space, it’s not advisable to penetrate the wreck – as an alternative divers will having fun with exploring the surface of each halves and the army artefacts on the ocean mattress – its gun turrets and barrels are nonetheless intact, there are small arms ammunition across the bow and even wine bottles, cutlery and footwear strewn about. Fish life is plentiful – you’ll see yellowtails, barracuda and jackfish aplenty.
Oil Rig Reef
A decommissioned oil rig belonging to Brunei Shell Petroleum as a part of the rigs to reefs program, it was reduce up into 9 jackets and sunk throughout an space of 100 sq. metres as a man-made reef in 1994. Situated off the coast from Berakas metropolis at a depth of 19 metres (62 ft), the reef showcases many gorgonian fan corals, giant faculties of jacks, chevron barracudas, puffer fish, bumphead parrotfish and groupers. A sandy backside lends itself to macro lovers and divers with a large angle lens – offering some superior pictures of the construction and faculties of fish.
A brief boat experience brings you to Pelong Rock – residence to a shallow and sheltered reef, it’s good for scuba diving novices and snorkelers. Starting from 1 to 18 metres (three to 59 ft), rise up shut and private with angelfish, gobies, parrotfish, blue-spotted rays and naturally everybody’s favorite – clownfish (Nemo!).
The Dolphin 88 was a Malaysian barge carrying a cargo of stones by way of Brunei waters when it hit dangerous climate and sank off Pelong Rocks in 2013. The ship cut up in half, with the again half sinking to a depth of 24 metres (78 ft). All 11 crew members have been rescued, and the ship has now develop into considered one of our extra fashionable wreck dives. The highest of the wreck lies at 10 metres (32 ft), which makes it a really perfect wreck for novice divers to discover. There are some wonderful wreck penetration alternatives as nicely for extra superior divers.
Inbuilt 1955, this passenger ferry measuring 34m lengthy used to ferry locals between Labuan and Brunei within the 60s. After being decommissioned, M.V. Bolkiah couldn't be bought for scrap because of its Brunei royal identify and was thus scuttled by the Royal Brunei Navy in 1992. It now sits at a backside of 24 metres (78 ft) with a prime depth of 18 metres (59 ft) and is teeming with wealthy coral life and macro-critters. Seahorses, Lionfishes and education Yellowtails make this favorite website their residence.
Technical divers even have the prospect to dive two WWII wrecks in Brunei – one being the Petani Mistral. An entry degree technical wreck, it’s a tug ship 58 metres (190 ft) lengthy that sank in 1995 that sits upright at a depth of 48 metres (157 ft) with its prime deck at 42 metres (137 ft), this makes it a best suited wreck for newbie tech divers and tech programs. The shallowest of 5 tech wrecks in Brunei, two of that are WWII wrecks ranging right down to 70 metre (229 ft) in depths, Brunei additionally gives one thing for the technical diver.
For such a small nation, the sheer quantity of dive websites that Brunei boasts make it an ideal vacation spot to tick off your scuba diving bucket listing. Find a PADI dive shop in Brunei and ebook in your subsequent diving journey at this time!